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The NCAA granted Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty a sixth season of eligibility.

This is great news for those of you that follow small-school football. Doughty, who suffered season-ending injuries and played in only two games each in 2011 and 2012, leads the nation with 4,344 passing yards and 44 passing touchdowns. He ranks third with 510 attempts and 344 completions, and sixth in pass efficiency (163.5). "This is a very happy day for all of us around the WKU football family," said head coach Jeff Brohm in a statement. "Brandon is an outstanding young man. He is a leader on our football team, and his work on and off the field has been tremendous. We appreciate the NCAA acting in the best interests of Brandon, and we are very happy to be able to bring him back for one more season."
Dec 10 - 10:03 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Due to his size (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) and feisty playing style, Thomas is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on as early as Day 2. "Tough-minded and confident player who isn't afraid of taking chances," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer. "Effort isn't a question defending the ground game." The analyst believes Thomas must work on his technique and cut down on a propensity to freelance off his assignments. CBS grades Thomas as a Rds. 3-4 prospect.
Dec 4 - 10:43 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior OT Cameron Clemmons accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Clemmons, 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, has the frame to put on more weight and will need to do it to have any chance to stick around in the NFL. Ranked as the No. 41 OT in the class and an undrafted prospect by CBS, Clemmons runs a 5.28 forty.
Dec 4 - 9:56 PM

Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty will be in an NFL camp next summer, predicts TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Doughty went 34-of-50 passing for 491 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions in a 67-66 win over Marshall over the weekend, making him a hot name in scouting circles. "Look at the accuracy and timing of Doughty’s throws, as well as his completion percentage," Pauline wrote. "I first mentioned Doughty last season and was surprised he never received as much as a mention from scouts entering the 2014 campaign. He does not possesses a big arm but Doughty’s ability to run a timing/west coast offense should at the very least, get him into a camp next summer."
Dec 1 - 10:07 PM

Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty "has jumped onto the radar of scouts looking for a gunslinger at the position," reports NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Doughty was last seen flinging eight touchdowns on 34-of-50 passing (with 491 yards and two interceptions) in the Hilltoppers' wild 67-66 win over Marshall over the weekend. "The senior was brilliant picking apart the Thundering Herd with a barrage of pinpoint throws, including the game-winning two-point conversion to clinch the win in overtime," Brooks wrote. Doughty leads the FBS with 44 passing scores.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 8:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas "ranks as the top defensive back from the program since Joseph Jefferson."

"I like the ball skills of Cam Thomas and he ranks as the top defensive back from the program since Joseph Jefferson," Pauline wrote. "I’m told by sources Thomas, who grades as a solid last day pick, gets the rap of being a little soft in his approach, which won’t sit well with next level decision makers." Pauline sees Thomas as a preseason Round 6 prospect. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Thomas led the Sun Belt Conference in passes defended (15) and interceptions (5) last season. WKU is off to C-USA this fall.
Aug 17 - 8:47 PM

Former Alabama sophomore QB Parker McLeod transferred to Western Kentucky.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban gave McLeod permission to transfer back in May, a decision the sophomore made because he was buried on the depth chart behind Blake Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker. NCAA rules require McLeod to sit out the 2014 season; he'll have three years eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
Jul 17 - 10:28 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that with "continued development," Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas' "NFL profile will be on the rise."

"He has room to improve his functional strength to better disengage blocks on the outside to be more of a consistent force vs. the run, but effort isn't a question defending the ground game. With Western Kentucky moving to C-USA, Thomas has more competition at the cornerback position to earn First Team All-Conference honors in 2014, but if he shows continued development, his NFL profile will be on the rise, Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Thomas was very productive for the Hilltoppers in 2013, as he lead the Sun Belt Conference in passes defended (15) and interceptions (5). The Western Kentucky prospect has a long frame, and is built well for the position. Thomas isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, when it comes to playing press and being physical in the run game.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 12:54 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has given sophomore QB Parker McLeod permission to transfer.

Alabama added transfer Jacob Coker from FSU, so McLeod, who was given a three-star ranking by some scouting services, had no clear path to playing time. His bio reads that he chose Alabama over Oklahoma State, Louisville, Maryland and Boston College. McLeod is from Georgia.
May 27 - 2:15 PM

Ravens signed Western Kentucky OLB Xavius Boyd.

Boyd (6-foot-1 3/4, 239) was a four-year starter at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers, totaling 28.5 career tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks as a senior. He earned 2013 Defensive POY honors in the Sun Belt, and ran 4.80 with a 9-foot-11 broad jump at WKU's Pro Day. A former teammate of Broncos second-year DE/OLB Quanterus Smith, Boyd is an undersized pass rusher making a big jump in competition.
May 13 - 9:34 PM

Titans signed Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews.

Andrews (5-foot-10 1/8, 225) piled up 571 carries over his final two college seasons en route to 3,414 yards (5.98 YPC) and 30 all-purpose touchdowns. He's a functional receiver, amassing 85 receptions. A decisive power back without a second gear (4.82 forty) or much short-area burst (8'10" broad jump), Andrews has some poor man's Alfred Morris to him. He lacks Morris' jump-cut ability, but is willing to run violently inside the tackles. Andrews' ceiling is likely a committee back and short-yardage pounder.
May 11 - 2:24 PM

Raiders selected Western Kentucky S Jonathan Dowling with the No. 247 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Dowling (6-foot-3, 190) spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers after transferring from Florida, posting eight forced fumbles and nine interceptions across his sophomore and junior years. A long, plus-sized safety with range, Dowling has 33 1/8-inch arms and ran 4.52 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Dowling is making a leap in competition coming out of the Sun Belt, but has starting-caliber tools and can function at either safety spot. He has a good chance at cracking the Raiders' 53-man roster.
May 10 - 6:45 PM

Colts selected Western Kentucky LB Andrew Jackson with the No. 203 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Jackson (6-foot 7/8, 254) manned middle linebacker for Bobby Petrino's Hilltoppers, tallying 43 career tackles for loss. A classic two-down thumper, Jackson is an aggressive phone-booth tackler but lacks range and will be a liability in coverage. He's a downhill run stopper who will have to initially earn a roster spot on special teams.
May 10 - 5:02 PM

There's a "distinct possibility" the Saints will use a late-round pick on Western Kentucky's Jonathan Dowling if they decide to take a S, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

They view Dowling "as the perfect compliment to Kenny Vaccaro," writes Pauline. Dowling has a great frame -- he goes 6-foot-3, 198-pounds -- but the Hilltopper, a Florida transfer, has plenty of questions surrounding him, as NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote in February: "Talks too much and shows off-putting body language. Questionable mental toughness. Character, maturity and coachability should be looked into." The former four-star recruit was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection last season.
May 7 - 9:03 PM

Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson and Iowa State's Jeremiah George were named the draft's best ILB sleepers by Charles Davis of NFL.com.

Davis likes both prospects and couldn't bring himself to name only one inside linebacker. "Jackson made play after play throughout his career with the Hilltoppers and had a nice week at East-West Shrine Game," Davis wrote. "George is undersized (5-11, 234), but he, too, is consistently making plays every time I see him play." Jackson is a stout run defender who should be able to remain effective between the tackles at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 10:15 PM

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